Michelle Champlin is a professional visual artist, educator, intuitive, and creative mentor living in Oakland CA. She has been teaching art classes and curating student exhibitions for over 9 years and has been a professional artist for over 15.
Primarily a painter, her work ranges from representational to intuitive abstract and tends to explore emotion, human perspective, healing, spirituality, and consciousness.
Michelle has always loved creating art. She began taking private art lessons at the age of 12, just after losing her Mom to cancer. The arts became and continue to be a profound vehicle for creative expression and healing for her.
Earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts with a Visual Arts focus at the California Institute of Integral Studies provided her time, space, and resources to delve deeply into her own truth, perspective, and process, both as an individual and as an artist–an experience that informs her work every day.
Her background includes working with a variety of populations including, but not limited to; children, adults, professional women, LGBTQ youth, and adults and youth who experience developmental disabilities. She is passionate about bringing opportunities for education, creative growth, and self-expression to the community–as well as creating space for folks to contemplate and honor their own experience.
Her belief that art gives us an opportunity to see in a new way, a vehicle to learn, and the power to convey is at the heart of her love of teaching. http://www.wickedpainty.com/